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Based on the SAFER (Situation-Assessment-Family-details-Expected-response-Recording) communication guidelines developed by the Department of Health in liaison with safeguarding experts, this SAFER referral tool will help ensure appropriate, quality and effective referrals of children in need or children who may be suffering (or are likely to suffer from) significant harm to social care services.

You should use this SAFER Referral Tool to guide both your verbal and written communications with the social care. This will ensure a uniform approach to communicating the level of risk posed to a child.

Unless good quality information is provided it will not be possible to make the right decisions and provide the right services to a vulnerable child.

For further information please go to the Tees Procedures website: